n IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - Xenophobic attacks on black non-South Africans in South Africa : the communication imperatives

Volume 16, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1117-1421



Although xenophobia is typically defined as a "hatred or fear of foreigners" (South African Pocket Oxford Dictionary of Current English, 1994) or a "strong fear or dislike of people from other countries" (Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, New Edition, 2003), the concept goes beyond this. Research evidences have established xenophobia as a feeling of dislike and hatred by locals which often results in "intense tension and violence against its foreigner-victims (Kollapan, 1999; Tshitereke, 1999; and Harris, 2002).

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